We held our 4th annual Apple Brandy release on October 20th at Yahara Bay Distillers new location in Fitchburg at 6250 Nesbitt Rd. We not only released our 2-year aged Apple Brandy, but, for the first time, a 3-year aged Apple Brandy.
Both releases are in limited quantities. To order bottles and gift boxes, use the ‘Reserve Now’ button above. Yahara Bay Distillers can ship our Apple Brandy to most states, which also makes it easy to give as gifts. And ask for our Apple Brandy at restaurants and retailers you visit. It is on the shelf at Star Liquor in Madison. Restaurants and retailers can order our Brandy (and our ciders) from Beechwood Sales, New Berlin, WI, and Lagniappe Beverages in Chicago.
The Cider Farm produces America’s only apple brandy made with certified organic, true cider apples along with a small amount of organic pears. Our methods yield an apple brandy similar to that of the Calvados region of France. Our true cider apples are tannic apple varieties cultivated for hundreds of years for the making of brandy and ciders.
Each of our small batch, single barrel releases are unique. This year’s 2-yr aged release, from our 2014 harvest, was aged with wild apple wood from The Cider Farm in a charred oak Bourbon barrel previously used to age a four-year Bourbon. This barrel aging yielded a darker amber color with a heavier char profile. This brandy has a nose of baked apple with a slight initial sweetness on the palate. It has a light smoky finish with an underscore of molasses.
We aged our 3-year release from our 2013 apple crop in the brandy barrel from our previous release along with wild apple wood from our Farm. This double-wood treatment and longer maturation imparted a light amber color and light toast typical of a Calvados-style brandy. It increased the brandy’s complexity while letting the apple shine through. The brandy finishes with notes of burnt sugar and vanilla.
We strive to make our small batch releases reflect our rare ingredients as well as the ‘terroir’ of The Cider Farm.
Thank you for your interest in our organic farm.
–Deirdre and John
Available: Now while supplies last